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“Thanksgiving” yoga storytime

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Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Extend and Stretch
Frere Jacques
Extend and stretch (sit in sukasana – easy seated pose, or crisscross applesauce- and do seated side bends)
Extend and stretch
Twist and turn (seated twists)
Twist and turn
This is yoga, (hands overhead on “this,” then bring to prayer position on “yoga”)
This is yoga
Om sweet om, (hands in prayer, bow forward)
Om sweet om
Source: I got this from Kids Yoga Guide teacher training, but here is another from Be Grace Yoga 

Are you Ready for Yoga? 
Are you ready for yoga?
If you’re ready, then stomp your feet
Stomp your feet and make some noise.
Let’s stomp our feet and make some noise
And do it really fast
Then stop. Stretch your feet up, up, up
And down.
Repeat with arms then both. 
Source: Next Generation Yoga at the National Kids Yoga Conference

Open the Book
Arms, legs, both
Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.
Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. 

Book – Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes
pie – wide leg forward fold/prasarita padottonasana The middle space between your legs is your pie. Ask the kids what ingredients you want in the pie.  Then pat it and roll it out. For a last deep stretch, place your pie in the oven.
gold leaves floating byseated forward fold/paschimottonasana Inhale arms up. Exhale and let the “leaves” in your hands flutter to the ground. Repeat 3 times.
music and dancing natarajasana/dancer pose
slides – upward plank/purvottanasana
hopscotch – Jump legs wide. Jump in. Hop on one foot, then the other. Repeat.
puppies – puppy pose/anahatasana
catscat/cow
puddlesboat/paripurna navasana See if they can hold boat while they sing “Row, Row, Row your Boat” Add in some other versus, like “If you see an alligator, don’t forget to scream – ahhh!!
cozy cuddlesseated twists with arms hugging self
rides on a sled – Pretend to hike up the hill. Sit in dandasana. Pretend to push off the hill and sled down.
moonseated side stretch

Song: Kidding Around Yoga’s “If You’re Happy and You Know It” Because expressing gratitude actually changes our brains to be happier! 

Hoberman Sphere Breathing Ball

Savasana 

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

Giving Thanks anjali mudra (“namaste hands”)

Namaste!

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“Sew There!” Sewing and Threading for Preschoolers

This month’s little ones event was all about threading and sewing!

We made a “needle” out of pipe cleaners like this post from Teach Preschool.

We used our needles to sew oversize buttons onto burlap.
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We also used our needles to make a paper pillow friend.

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We threaded ribbons through egg cartons like the deliberate Mom and played with the Monstessori button snake.

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We used our needle and/or our fingers for a community sewing project out of non slip rug pads.

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We did some “big body threading” in the tunnel!
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“Stuffed Animal Sleepover” preschool pajama storytime

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The kids brought their stuffed animals into the library for a pajama storytime. Then the stuffed animals stayed the night with me in the library.

Everybody Have a Seat
Everybody have a seat,
Have a seat, have a seat.
Everybody come and have a seat on the floor.
Not on the ceiling, not on the door.
Everybody come and have a seat on the floor.
Source: King County Library System

Song: Laurie Berkner’s “Goldfish

Book – Bedtime at the Nut House by Eric Litwin

Tommy Thumbs Up
Tommy Thumbs up (thumbs up)
and Tommy Thumbs down. (thumbs down)
Tommy Thumbs dancing all over town.  (Dance thumbs)
Dance ‘em on your shoulders.
(Bounce them on shoulders)
Dance ‘em on your head.
(Bounce them on head)
Dance ‘em on your knees.
(Bounce them on knees)
And tuck them into bed! (Fold arms, hiding hands)
Source: King County Library System

Ten in the Bed
There were ten in the bed
and the little one said
“Roll over, roll over.”
So they all rolled over and one fell out,
There were nine in the bed and the little one said…
Continue until there is only the little one is left:
Then “I’ve got the whole bed to myself” to the tune of “He’s Got the Whole World in hid Hands”
Source: Traditional/King County Library System

Book – Dinosaur vs Bedtime by Bob Shea

Sleeping Bunnies
See the little bunnies sleeping
‘Til it’s nearly noon?
Shall we wake them with a merry tune?
Oh so still. Are they ill?
Wake up, little bunnies!
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop, little bunnies, ‘til I say stop
Source: King County Library System

Bunnies Bedtime
“My bunnies now must go to bed,”
The little mother rabbit said.
“But I will count them first to see
If they have all come back to me.
One bunny, two bunnies, three bunnies dear,
Four bunnies, five bunnies,
Yes, you’re all here.
You are the prettiest things alive,
My bunnies, one, two, three, four, five.”
Source: King County Library System

Good-bye
Everybody wave high, wave low.
I think it’s time we gotta go.
Wave your elbows, wave your toes,
Wave your tongue and wave your nose.
Wave your knees, and wave your lips
Blow a kiss with fingertips.
Wave your ears, and wave your hair
Wave your belly and your derriere.
Wave your chin, and wave your eyes
Wave your hand and say goodbye.
Source: King County Library System

Early literacy tip: Bedtime is a great time to share a book with your child, but don’t let it be the only time you share books! Take time throughout the day – in a waiting room, before lunch, after dinner – to share stories together. Show your child that reading is enjoyable at any time of day.

We then had milk and cookies while the families filled out the stuffed-animal-sleepover-permission slip for their stuffed animals. The kids then left, and the animals and I partied it up.

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“Feelings and Emotions” Preschool Storytime

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Opening Song
I wiggle my fingers. I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my ears. I wiggle my nose.
I wiggle my shoulders. I wiggle my chin.
I stretch my arms wide and pull them back in.
I wiggle my elbows. I wiggle my knees.
I hop like a bunny. I smile and say, “Cheese!”
Now I have no more wiggles left in me
And I sit on the floor as still as can be.
Source: Storytime with Jason

Book – The Big Bear Hug – Nicholas Oldland
After this book, I explained that the bear calmed his anger by taking a deep breath. We then took a couple of deep breaths ourselves to calm us down.

If You’re Happy and You Know It
If you’re happy and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it,
your face will surely show it.
If you’re happy and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you’re angry and you know it, stomp your feet
It you’re sad and you know it, wipe your eyes (wipe tears away)
 If you’re scared and you know it, hide your face.
Source: Adapted Traditional 

Boo Boo
One, two I’ve got a boo-boo
Three, four, oh, it’s sore!
Five, six, blow it a kiss
Seven, eight, put the bandage on straight
Nine, ten now it’s better again!
Source: King County Library System

 

Book – Grumpy Bird – Jeremy Tankard

Song – Ziggy Marley “Ziggy Says

A Ram Sam Sam
A ram sam sam a ram sam sam
Guli guli guli guli guli
Ram sam sam
A rafi, a rafi,
Guli guli guli guli guli
A ram sam sam
Source: Storyblocks

Book- Pete the Cat and his four Groovy Buttons – Eric Litwin

Song: Jim Gill’s “Countdown

Faces with Emotions felt board

Goodbye
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as high as we can
Good-bye! (in high, squeaky voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as low as we can
Good-bye! (in a deep voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as fast as we can
Good-bye! (very quick)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as slow as we can
Good-bye! (very slowly and drawn out)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as quiet as we can
Good-bye! (in a whisper)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as loud as we can
GOOD-BYE! (yelling)
Source: Jbrary

Early literacy tip: Modeling – Use a variety of strategies to give children examples of emotional intelligence in action: 
• Adult Behavior – Make sure that you model the kind of behavior and problem-solving skills you would like them to acquire. For example, when you make a mistake, admit it and then point to the possibility of improving in the future. “Oops, I spilled the water. I will mop it up and try to be more careful next time.”
• Role-Playing – Use dolls and puppets to act out situations to which children can relate and to show characters modeling positive behavior. You can have two puppets bumping into each other, with the more aggressive one saying, “I’m sorry,” and asking if the other is hurt.
Source: Early Childhood News

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